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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

"Eternal life does not begin with death; it begins with faith."

--Samuel M. Shoemaker

Weather... In the 80°'s, humid and blue-sky'd light-breezy Saturday (the 14th). The wind being up allows the inch worms to launch themselves upon the wind with their silken threads.
Saturday the 14th: Still 'under-the-weather', a chest cold has hold. BLOGGING, reading and "writing" poetry. Surfin' the web while Tolkien's "Return of the King" comes to life on the telly, playing on in the background. Then a little soft music from the "Atmospheres" channel before the grandkids start their "I WAN'NA WATCH CARTOONS!" tirade while (mostly) Gail and I do babysitting duty, ostensibly while my daughter and her husband attend a wedding. Spent a little time doing guard duty outside while my father-in-law lets loose his breeding male malamute dog. Someone has to watch over the kitty cats!!! Ah... here we go... "Fairly Odd Parents", the first of the telly cartoons to grace the home at 4:30 p.m. PDT... and it's such a lovely day outside!
Rain through Thursday the 19th... 5-day forecast: sunny 70°'s to 80°'s.
Sunday the 22nd: warm into the 80°'s with a wonderful clear sky that complimented the full moon in the evening.

A bout of asthma on the 21st. A bit of weed whacking (well... a little) and mowing the lawn the cause. Good thing my cold (or whatever the malady) had recently finished running its course.

The last rain storm and the current heating trend has exacerbated the Sierra snow pack melt/runoff. We had a better than average snow pack this year in the Sierra's... about 120% of normal in the greater Tahoe area. The dams here-about's are allowing for greater flows into the rivers, the reservoirs being at high capacity, giving heavy flow and widened banks on the American, Yuba, and other rivers that 'feed' the Sacramento River. One fishing spot I saw in Sacramento, that's usually a tree studded gravelly area, now has the trees inundated with about 6-feet (2-meters) deep of fast moving water. Warnings have been given by the media for: hypothermia and fast-moving flows and flotsam for those who wish to tempt fate.

I set a goal to make an anagram out of one of the Elders' names... Failure. (5) of the letter "a"'s my downfall. I even tried the Samoan language dictionary which is rich in multi-voweled words to no avail. His name includes a biblical name containing the letter "c"... which doesn't appear in the Samoan alphabet... Oh well.

Note... Online Anagram fun at

Another goal... edit my BLOGGER template's CSS. I have embedded on my 'puter the background gif's I want viewed that reference my C: drive in the HTML... but not an external source so that anyone might view, at least IE users with pix enabled, the same background. Speed was one concern... proper implementation another. Just a little bit of study on how others' BLOGs are done within BLOGGER's constraints. Perhaps another BLOG face-lift soon?

Note to self: Chapter 58 "Seven Pillars..."?

Star Wars III... it's a definite maybe. My wife was pregnant with my daughter back in '77 (that's '100 in Canadian) when the first Star Wars, Episode IV, came out. We went to the drive-in in Union City, California to see it. Gail spent most of her time going back and forth to/from the restroom.

Gail brought out the two kittens to feed on some lunch meat. I've named them "Little Squeeky" after Taffy-Doodles' sister who passed away a few years back, and "Little Dude" after Taffy-Doodles... maybe just "Taffy" if we find it's not a boy. Taffy-Doodles isn't the Daddy, he's 'fixed', but the real Daddy and another stray stubbed-tail cat have been hanging around more and more lately. Brings up the "kitty count" to a number that I don't care to think about. Anyone want a kitty?

SpywareBlaster 3.4 is out for those who do their own anti-spyware 'thang'. It's freeware and reputedly blocks the spyware from even entering your system. I keep Gail's and my 'puter updated at least weekly along with all the other anti-virii and anti-spyware stuff: SpywareBlaster, AVG, ZoneAlarm, A2, AdAware, Spybot Search and Destroy... my main freeware spyware aps in current use. Earthlink 2005's Mail does a good job of picking out some nasties as well. The 'sober worm' has been found and quarantined at least once a week in my spam-filtered email.

Kind'a funny... Gail couldn't get online with her SBC client. The error code (error 691) referred to bad user name/password/client. Evidently she's only had to click the connect button for the last many months (remember password and user: enabled) and 'someone', not me, had deleted the user and password entries by accident. After correcting her user name entry, from '' to '', we still got the error 691 code. We finally hit upon the idea of using her password in all lowercase letters... Bingo! She uses the same password "name" for her SBC Yahoo account (which she always has to re-enter... all in caps) as she does for her SBC online logon.

So... ya' wan'na get rid of ants but want to do it without the hazardous chemicals. Equal parts baking yeast, sugar and honey in a covered container with lots'a holes fer dem bitty critters.

120 Latter Day Saint (LDS) Temples worldwide and counting as the San Antonio, Texas, USA, Temple is dedicated May 22, 2005.

Watch the progress of the Sacramento, California, USA, LDS Temple via web cam.

Jury duty requested of me for June the 20th. I have no idea how I'll be able to swing that.


Earthquake prediction map for California???... no way!!! (yes... way!)

BIG EARTHQUAKES... from the bigquake mailing list I subscribe to:

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake in the Nias Region, Indonesia has occurred at: 0.56N 98.38E Depth 30km Sat May 14 05:05:18 2005 UTC

Location with respect to nearby cities:

  • 135 km (85 miles) SSW of Sibolga, Sumatra, Indonesia (pop 71,000)

  • 275 km (170 miles) NW of Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia

  • 465 km (290 miles) SW of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • 1185 km (740 miles) NW of Jakarta, Java, Indonesia

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake south of the Kermadec Islands has occurred at:
32.87S 179.30W Depth 10km Mon May 16 03:54:11 2005 UTC

Location with respect to nearby cities:

  • 165 km (100 miles) SSW of L'Esperance Rock, Kermadec Islands

  • 425 km (265 miles) SSW of Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands

  • 700 km (435 miles) NE of Auckland, New Zealand

  • 1065 km (670 miles) NNE of Wellington, New Zealand

A magnitude 6.7 earthquake in Simeulue, Indonesia has occurred at:
2.00N 96.97E Depth 30km Thu May 19 01:54:53 2005 UTC

Location with respect to nearby cities:

  • 205 km (130 miles) W of Sibolga, Sumatra, Indonesia

  • 255 km (160 miles) SW of Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia

  • 540 km (335 miles) WSW of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • 1410 km (880 miles) NW of Jakarta, Java, Indonesia


My entries... " Poetry in Motion "...
& Haiku daily contest

Enchant Me...

Your very being
a desire for answer

Lament not
your unassailable

Enchant me with
your dreams

:Bobby Nichols

Honor The Father

oft personal
best shared

The Son

:Bobby Nichols


Broken Sky

Mosaic reflections
of gentle wave on waters
Mirror broken sky

:Bobby Nichols


walks amidst
shadows of fire
where dwells
the fallen's

:Bobby Nichols



Tenderly doth
precious memories
share tears
and laughter
treasured friends
dear meet

:Bobby Nichols

" Enchant Me... "... I like this entry. Guess I should like one, myself, every now and then.

" Reminisce "... The poem 'sounded' good when 'penned'. I'm having second thoughts on whether memories can share anything.

" Honor The Father "... John 5:23 comes to mind (after looking it up)... I'm by no means a scriptarian

" Broken Sky " a Haiku(NOT): ... well I goofed. One too many syllabibbles in the first line. Guess I've been pronouncing the word 'mosaic' wrong all these years... "moes-ache" instead of "mo-sa-ic" (correct). I still liked the imagery. The photo was of a gliding swan on a glass-appearing, albeit rippled, body of water (shown before). I created the Haiku "The Swan" 4-3-2004 from the same photo. All of the photos are beginning to look recycled to me.

" h8 "... Another warm and fuzzy by Bobby Nichols. I hope the '8' becomes subscripted as intended... the 'h' preceding purposely in lower capitalization.

Tofa !!!

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